set up shop on Goodwin Sands

   obsolete
   to be shipwrecked off the Kent coast
   A low-lying island of some 4,000 acres in the English Channel was taken from (and named after) the Anglo-Saxon Earl Godwin by the Norman conquerors and handed over to clerics who neglected the sea walls. A great storm overwhelmed it in 1100. Since then the land has remained a hazard to shipping, emerging above the waves to a varying extent at each low tide.

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